How to Make my Crispy Pickles

How to Make my Crispy Pickles
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I’ve enjoyed making pickles for the last three years and I’ve learned a few secrets after making so many pickles.  I estimate I’ve pickled approximately 125 jars of cucumbers and I give most of them away to my clients, family members and friends.  This year I did things a little differently and did not process any of the pickles.  It was much easier to make “fridge pickles,” so I now how a refrigerator full of cucumbers pickling.  They are MUCH crisper than processed pickles and rather than waiting 6 months to crack open a jar, these will be ready for consumption in about five days.  I don’t think I will ever make processed pickles again – fridge pickles is the only way to go, if you have the space!

I offered to host a pickle-making party at my house where I would supply the garlic, dill, pickling solution, etc. and guests would bring cucumbers and jars.  Nobody could make my Labor Day weekend date, so I decided to bring the party to the world – I made two videos to demonstrate just how it’s done!  Now everyone can see how I make my crispy, spicy, dill pickles.

I spent about $40 on supplies this year and made 31 jars of pickles.  Now, don’t all go asking me for a jar, please!  These pickles must be refrigerated at all times, so it won’t be as easy for me to give them away as gifts.  I’ll figure out something.  As much as my husband and I enjoy crunchy, spicy dill pickles, we cannot eat 31 jars of them!



Thanks for reading my blog and if you try my recipe, please let me know how your pickles turned out. 🙂

About Stephanie Chumbley

Growing up in the shadow of the Space Needle, I loved drawing portraits with a #2 pencil and sometimes a ballpoint pen because I liked the challenge. I collected pens and pencils and enjoyed looking at fonts and logos and replicating them by hand. I was in AP art classes in high school and took some graphic design classes at Seattle Central. While in college, I had a part-time job making signs for Drug Emporium / Longs Drugs with my "Steph Font." In my 20s, I made a lot of invitations for dinner parties and later, when I bought my Cricut Expression electronic cutter in 2008, I started making cards for all occasions. In 2009, I discovered Close to My Heart and enjoyed being my Consultant's best customer... but in May 2011, I finally gave in and became and Independent Consultant. It was a very good decision! :-) Nearly everything I make is given away or sold so others can enjoy some handmade art. I've made over 1,000 cards and projects and this blog serves as a way to share and hopefully inspire others to create projects of their own. Someday I hope to catch up and blog about all the cards I've made.

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  1. I am convinced that you are the next Martha Stewart – only far sweeter and no chance of ending up in jail. 😉 Great video(s)!

    • HAHA! Thank you, Christine. That was very sweet of you to say, and a huge compliment coming from CREATIVE CHRISTINE! 🙂

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